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Remembering JFK

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I was 8 years old when President John F. Kennedy died. But I remember that weekend with great clarity. Did America change that day? Was Kennedy one of our best presidents? I don’t know, but he possibly was our most beloved president – not only here but around the world. He still is held in high regard by many of today’s statesman, Democrats and Republicans alike.

In many of Kennedy’s speeches is the word “peace.” I think more than anything else, this is what he was about. Maybe this was dictated by the times, or maybe it was the nature of the man.

At the beginning of his inaugural address, he says, “And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe. The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God. We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of the first revolution.”

1961 was a much different time, but these words still are true for us.

John Kennedy was a people’s president. He is still with us in spirit. This may be his legacy.

Jeff Shervey

Island Lake

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